GEXTLEMBX Or THE PEESS 87 my opinions reflected official policy, and even that I had some sort of power to cnegotiate*..,though with whom the negotiations were to take place, and what we were to negotiate about, was not; stated. Aixd so, a few days later, I dragged myself out of bed, was carried down, the stairs, and driven, in an ambulance to meet the gentlemen of the Indian press.1 ii * Indian Journalists Run AmokóBerkley Nichols Courts Eater Experience/2 That was the general way in which the press described the affair. It was somewhat of an, understatement. I hobbled into a room that was packed from floor to ceiling vrith journalists, most of them young and all of them, so it seemed, in a state of hysteria. They crowded round the table, twining round my knee>, and breathing down my neck. I was almost the only white person present apart from the Chairman, by name Mr. Homiman. Por many years he has been the editor of a violently anti-British evening paper called The Bombay Sentinel, and every evening he regales the city with a column on the front page entitled 'Twilight Twitters/ The title is apt. The 'twilight' is an apposite description of the writer's mentality, the s twitters* is a just comment on his style. Needless to say, his column is a huge success. It may be gathered that I did not take to Mr. Homiman. That is quite true. It is equally evident that he did not take to me. For weeks after the meeting, he filled his paper with gibes, lampoons and insults. No sneer was too cheap, nor rumour too fantastic, for The Bombay Sentinel, The most sensational canard which his paper produced was its assertion, on the front page, that I had been 1 That is to say, of the Hindu Indian press. The Hindus have nearly all the money and therefore make nearly all the noise. By comparison, the 100 million Muslims are very inadequately represented. Their chief organ is Dawn, and though it is in no way pro-British, it treats its opponents with consistent courtesy. Doubtless there are Extremist Muslim papers, but compared with the shrieking sheets of the Hindus, the Muslim press is sober, sane, and above all, straight. 2 Kaiser-I-Htnd, Mav 5th, 1943.